A Non-governmental Organisation, Citizens Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA) has commended the drastic measures taken by the Nigerian military in curtailing the excesses of pipeline vandals, sea pirates and other economic saboteurs.
The group also decried call for sack of Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, by some interest groups over the burning of ship caught engaging in oil theft in the Niger Delta.
It is Recalled that last week, the military high command ordered the destruction of an illegal oil bunkering vessel arrested for oil theft at the creeks of Niger Delta area.
The arrest of the vessel came at a time when Nigerians were still smarting from the discovery of illegal oil pipelines with which crude oil are being siphoned and stolen by yet to be identified persons.
The illegal vessel which was caught in the act was promptly set ablaze by the military to send a strong message to perpetrators of such act of national sabotage.
According to the Chief of Defence Staff, the instrument of operation was caught and destroyed as a way of showing the resolve of the military in tackling the debilitating crime of oil theft.
Meanwhile, in a statement signed by CISA National Co-ordinator, Chidi Omeje and Secretary, Olasunkanmi Ogunbodede titled “Inciting Anti-Military Sentiments not in National Interest and the Successes Recorded against Insecurity and Banditry,” CISA condemned in the strongest terms, the ill-advised efforts by some persons and interest group to stir up anti-military sentiment using the reported burning of a vessel caught engaging in oil theft as rallying point.
The group noted that the same persons were also orchestrating spirited campaigns of calumny against the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, whom they are calling for his sack over his attempt to clarify the action of the military.